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Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,425 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 31
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ford on 12-28-2012)
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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - crystal clear copper body, small white head.

S - Grassy, citrusy, earthy. Nice hop profile. This is on-par with a lot of straightforward IPAs.

T - Malty first and foremost. Some caramel malts, and a dry finish. The hop profile is mostly bitter, not a lot of flavor coming from there.

M - Powerful on the tongue with carbonation.

O - this is fine, easy drinking, nothing special. Smells nice.

ColdPoncho, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

RobinLee, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

And IP...L?? Oh boy, here we go.

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Deep yellow/gold with a two-finger white head. Spiderweb patches of lacing.

S - Nice strong aroma of fresh cut grass, floral hops, and a touch of pine.

T - Starts off with extremely floral hops (almost hop flowerish), with some grapefruit, lemon, and spruce elements. Wafer-like underbelly brings some malt sweetness to balance. Slightly grainy. Overall, this sucker is pretty tasty.

M - Super clean and crisp finish. Light and airy, but just full bodied enough to not be watery. Standard Sam Adams prickly carbonation.

O - I've been critical of recent SA releases and of SA IPA's in particular, but this one feels like a little more care and inventiveness went into it. Not a stunner, but no major flaws either. I enjoyed the super clean lager finish with the strong hop profile.

IP...L? Yes, this brew actually delivers on the strange combination!

TempeBeerMan, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So this is just a quite hop forward lager? Okay cool, I can dig that. Good earthy influence on there with a strong malt sweetness (that I could do with a little less of honestly). Feel is pretty good. Carbonation strikes a bit firmly. For the beer nerds, this is a good one to go for. With the less experienced and those looking for standard lager type beers, this might strike as too heavy and abrasive.

RblWthACoz, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

joesc230, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

hayesjw, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Tjvan2, Feb 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

OregonGrown7, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +7.2%

jrohrbacher, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a big, frothy head. Lace is lovely, large, and detailed, with layers of frilliness over fence rows.

Nose is delectable tropical and citrus hops. Very, very appealing!

Taste is more of the tropical fruit and lemon-grapefruit-citrus hops zing, but the hoppy overload is tempered well by a substantial malt presence. This is a well-balanced and hoppy brew that tones down the sour and bitter qualities of the hops in favor of a highly-drinkable session beer for hop-heads.

I may seek out another 6-pack of these if I can find it!

secondtooth, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

TGERUS, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poired thick two finger head slightly off white. Light golden body with rusted orange highlights. Bountiful lacing adorns my Sam Adams glass, very nice looking.

S - nice piney hop crispness, toasty malt, fruity hints of apple, tea.

T - forward hop profile of dank grass, resin, pine, grapefruit blends into a nice smooth lager finish with some crisp cereal malt character. very smooth, the flavoring hops are so delicious yet the bittering hops are subdued. This is allowing the crisp malt character to shine in the finish and makes this very balanced and well executed. I was fearing an overpowering bitterness to dominate and was pleasantly surprised.

M - thin to medium with ample carbonation. Balanced finish, drinks very easily and could be sessionable.

O - the is a great beer, the hops are very delicious and well balanced with the malt crispness. I was very happy, haven't been keen on SA IPAs and this is probably the best I have had from them, also being an IPL and nothing I have had I find it an interesting idea and very refreshing.

MaineBrewing, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear ruby red color. Good stream of carbonation .Definitely smells like an IPA, with big juicy/fruity American hops bursting out. Never smelled a lager like this before, but it’s certainly familiar territory. Taste is pretty much spot-on American IPA, but the lager difference comes in the ultra clean and light finish. And that finish really ups the drinkability of this brew. Good balance overall with a noticeable pale malt character and citrusy hops, followed up by good herbal/biting finishing hops. I like it quite a bit. Body is good--by no means thin and there’s ample carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is a success. I hope it will become a regular seasonal if not a permanent part of their lineup.

JEdmund, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

rolltide8425, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The body is a darker bronze color, with a fluffy white head. There is some lacing, but only here and there. The beer is very transparent, and there is mild to low visible carbonation.

S: There is a bit of pine, and a very catty smell to the beer. Pretty average.

T: The flavor follows the scent, with mostly a catty taste, a bit nutty and some bread crust. There is an even balance between the malt and hop flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, a bit chewy, and pretty easy to drink.

O: Overall I thought it was fairly average. It was decent tasting, but it's not anything I would actively seek out. The catty flavor and smell dominated, so I would only recommend it to people who enjoy that. It has an rustic edge that is similar to crusty breads. It would pair well with these breads, and something like goulash and potatoes.

teromous, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

1mrbeer, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Tracker83, Feb 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34%

Lincolnman, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Omer4176, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a really nice clear copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention is pretty solid and the lacing is scattered. The smell of the beer isn't quite as hoppy as I was hoping for. The aroma is pretty mild , hops are in there but the malt and yeast take over. The taste is pretty good. There is a nice bitter flavor from start to finish with a fruity essence and earthy back bone. The mouthfeel is sharp and clean, very drinkable. Overall this is a really nice beer. It's an interesting take on what could be an Ale but made into a Lager.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2013
Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.